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  • UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017, 12:39 p.m.

    Yellen suggests a continuation of gradual rate hikes

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the Fed expects to continue raising interest rates gradually. And she sought to assure lawmakers that the Fed would take care not …


  • Washington state economist offers mixed revenue outlook

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s projected tax revenues look slightly better than they did four months ago, but won’t add enough money to cover some of the state’s expected expenses in the …


  • US job gains defy Sandy and fears of fiscal cliff

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It takes more than a superstorm to derail the U.S. job market. Employers added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate dipped to 7.7 percent, a …


  • Sandy is thought to have slowed US hiring in Nov.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Superstorm Sandy is widely thought to have slowed U.S. job growth last month. The only question is how much — an answer that’s expected to emerge Friday …


  • Exit poll: Hint of economic optimism as Obama wins

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters who feel the economic outlook brightening after years of misery and believe Barack Obama is more in touch with people like themselves propelled the president to …


  • Exit poll: Hint of economic optimism amid worry

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising prices and chronic unemployment were heavy on the minds of voters Tuesday even as a glimmer of optimism peeked through. Four in 10 said the nation’s …


  • US Oct. jobs report likely to show modest hiring

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The October employment report the government will release Friday will likely solidify the picture of the U.S. job market that’s emerged this year: Companies are hiring steadily …


  • AP-GfK poll: Romney edging out Obama on economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are growing increasingly optimistic about the future of the U.S. economy, and likely voters trust Republican Mitt Romney slightly more than President Barack Obama to do …


  • Small 2013 Social Security benefit increase likely

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security recipients won’t be getting big benefit increases next year, but the small raises they will receive are playing an important role in helping seniors grow …


  • Expect small ‘13 Social Security benefit increase

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security recipients shouldn’t expect a big increase in monthly benefits come January. Preliminary figures show the annual benefit boost will be between 1 percent and 2 …


  • Fed unveils bold, open-ended steps to aid economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by the chronically weak U.S. economy, the Federal Reserve launched an aggressive new effort Thursday to boost the stock market and make borrowing cheaper for years …


  • Forecast of modest US job gains may not lift Obama

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers likely added jobs last month, though probably not enough to push down the unemployment rate. A tepid report Friday on hiring in August would provide …


  • US jobs outlook improves as campaign heats up

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The jobs outlook in the U.S. brightened a bit Thursday just before President Barack Obama was to make his case for re-election to the American people. Fewer …